Remembering ‘the Heart’ of the Scandal

April 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm 2 comments

When news of the Sandusky scandal broke in November, student Matt Bodenschatz felt an immediate connection with the alleged victims. A survivor of sexual abuse himself, Bodenschatz knows the courage it takes to come forward — and wanted to thank the young men for their bravery.

“Even though they’re anonymous, they’re real people,” he says. “They need our compassion and support.”

This spring, with 12 fellow students, Bodenschatz conceived Voices for Victims, a project that allows supporters to send messages of thanks and comfort to Sandusky’s alleged victims. The letters will be delivered directly to the individuals through their lawyers to maintain anonymity.

“It’s a tangible sign that we’re thankful they came forward,” says Bodenschatz. “And despite all the other issues, we remember that they’re at the heart of this thing.”

Starting Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27, messages for the alleged victims can be placed in designated dropboxes on campus and throughout downtown State College at the following locations:

—Student Bookstore, 330 E. College Avenue

—Campus Candy, 346 E. College Avenue

—McLanahan’s Downtown Market, 116 Allen Street

—Hintz Family Alumni Center

—Health Services building lobby

—Penn State Learning Lab, Room 7, Sparks building

Letters can also be mailed to:

Voices for Victims
1637-B N. Atherton Street
PO Box 181
State College, PA 16803

Or emailed to:

Mary Murphy, associate editor

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Linda '84  |  April 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I was talking to my neighbor just this morning about how when the Sandusky scandal broke I thought for exposure on this huge of a level it had to be for a bigger reason. I think this may be it.
    When this all began, I would always say “Let the healing begin.” Now I say, let it continue. Thanks for this.
    Another Penn State pride moment.
    We are bigger than this.
    I will be writing.

  • 2. David L Holman  |  October 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I remember when I was a victim of an English TEACHER sometimes closer seems over the years as if it was our own fault in the eyes of others

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